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Integrated Ocean Drilling Program - Drill core collection & handling

Left photo: JOIDES Resolution docked in Keelung, Taiwan prior to leaving on a research cruise. Notice the 200 foot drilling derrick in the middle of the ship and the helicopter landing pad at the stern. Right photo: On site in the Pacific, drillers are changing pipe and rigging for the next core. (Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html)

Left photo: Technicians and roughnecks working to remove core from the drilling core barrel. Right photo: Core is carried along the catwalk to the first processing station after it leaves the drill floor. (Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html)

Left photo: At the first station, fresh core is being prepared for the core lab. Right photo: The core has been cut into smaller, more manageable lengths and is being carried into the lab. (Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html )

Left photo: Core sections are being cut in half lengthwise. One half will be sampled and the other half will be preserved intact for the future. Right photo: Micropaleontologists are deciding where to take paleontology samples from a core. (Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html )

Forams are distributed throughout the world's oceans from the North Pole to the South Pole. They are found at all depths and can tolerate the whole range of salinity, temperature, and light conditions. Almost all varieties prefer the marine environment, although a few unusual species are found in fresh water.

Left photo: Paleontology samples are being washed and prepared in the lab.
Right photo: Paleontologist determines sediment age by looking at the samples under a microscope. (Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html )

Left photo: Completed core sections are temporarily stored until the ship returns to port. Right photo: Once in port, core is sent to an IODP permanent core storage facility, where they can be studied and sampled by other scientists.
(Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/public/life/index.html )

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Revised on: January 3, 2005